challenge as clean- up and recovery efforts continue following hurricane sandy. >> reporter: nearly a week after sandy hit the east coast, power outages still plague parts of the northeast. that along with damaged and destroyed buildings could mean a lack of places for voters to cast their ballots. new york city mayor michael bloomberg says he is working to ensure voter will not miss their opportunity to participate in the election. >> we'll do anything we can to help the board of elections. we've got to make sure everybody can vote. it is not going to be easy but we'll both work hard on that. >> reporter: officials in new jersey are also taking steps. >> you still go to the polling places. we'll have trucks set up there and you will vote old school. you'll vote paper ballots. everybody will have the opportunity to vote. >> reporter: some say the presidential race is not their main concern. >> it is really like on the back burner. i don't know what wear doing tuesday as far as voting. my school is up the block. i don't quite know yet. >> reporter: others say voting is still a top priority.